Monday, 24 January, 2022
TopicPaddy cultivation

Topic: Paddy cultivation

Telangana could stop producing parboiled rice: Crisis for lakhs of farmers, KCR-BJP trade blame

Central govt refused to procure parboiled rice produced in Rabi season, and Telangana has asked farmers not to cultivate rice. Experts say parties politicking over genuine problem.

Punjab CM Channi requests Centre to withdraw its order postponing paddy procurement

Meanwhile, the Haryana BKU chief has said farmers will protest outside houses of MPs, MLAs of ruling BJP-JJP in the state if the govt fails to begin paddy procurement on 1 October.

Black rice, the ‘forbidden’ grain that earned UP’s Chandauli big UNDP praise and good profit

Chanduali produces the ‘healthier’ black rice. The produce is in high demand and is being exported to Australia and New Zealand.

Stubble burning in Punjab up 67%, govt officials blame lockdown for early paddy cultivation

Punjab govt has taken a number of steps to curb stubble burning, but has still registered 16,058 incidents between 21 September and 26 October this year.

Punjab paddy farmers say labour costs have doubled as local workers demand higher wages

Farmers in Punjab have to now rely on local workforce due to labour shortage after migrant workers’ exodus. Many have had to buy direct seeding machines.

Why Punjab’s farmers are dumping water-guzzling paddy for cash-crop cotton

The area under cotton cultivation in Punjab is expected to increase to at least 5 lakh hectares this year from 3.9 lakh hectares in 2019.

Cheaper China rice, high MSP — what non-basmati exporters are blaming for dip in trade

Govt data says export of non-basmati rice declines by over 37% — from 50,48,000 MT in April-November 2018 to 31,41,000 MT during same period last year.

Nudge didn’t work, agriculture ministry now has a plan to force paddy farmers to diversify

Plan for paddy states with severely depleted groundwater levels is part of 5-yr vision document that agriculture ministry will present before PM Modi this week.

Paddy seeds being developed in Punjab could fix North India’s pollution problem next year

Punjab Agricultural University is developing paddy varieties that will give farmers 15 extra days before sowing wheat, eliminate need for stubble burning.

How Delhi’s air crisis can be resolved by curbing paddy cultivation in Punjab, Haryana

The solution is to shift more farmers of Punjab & Haryana from paddy to vegetables, fruits. Govt has to nudge farmers using incentives & disincentives.

On Camera

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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